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Portable blood pressure monitor comes to life…on your phone

For those suffering from hypertension, or high blood pressure, going away on holiday can be difficult without the doctor being ten minutes from your house, and being able to keep an eye on your blood pressure.

Portable blood pressure monitors have been around for a while, but now there’s apps and gadget add-ons which can make tracking your blood pressure simple and easy – you don’t even need to sit down with your sleeve rolled up and a doctor pumping away at an old mechanism for you to know your measurements.


The huge demand for healthcare to become readily available and easy to use is spreading worldwide. Healthcare professionals rely on mobile devices every day and now users, patients, can capture, access and print their own personal health information, so for those that travel frequently or who intend on going on a holiday abroad, taking a portable (and often cheap) alternative to your local GP is much preferable.

Withings and iHealth provide two futuristic looking devices which link into suitable apps on your phone and give you extremely accurate readings. Almost like the blood pressure monitors we’re used to at home, they consist of an upper arm cuff and a Bluetooth connection to update your personal phone with your latest medical information. However, although reliable, these devices come at a cost of between £45-£70.

For a cheaper alternative, both the iTunes and Google play stores offer blood pressure and pulse rate monitors for about £1.49, although admittedly there is some scepticism in regards to their reliability.

Whichever way you look at it, technology is taking a huge leap in terms of personal healthcare, and as more and more people become concerned about their health, the healthcare technology and app markets will only continue to grow. In fact, there are a substantial amount of rumours that the next generation of Apple earbuds will contain technology which monitors your vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

If you’re thinking of travelling with high blood pressure, make sure you pack essential medical travel insurance that covers your condition. InsuranceWith offer a great number of policies for an affordable price and consider any pre-existing medical condition.

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